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Tony Gonzalez

Enterprise Reporter

Tony Gonzalez, a reporter in Nashville since July 2011, covers city news, features inspiring people, and seeks out offbeat stories. He’s also an award-winning juggler and hot chicken advocate who lives in East Nashville with his wife, a professional bookbinder. During his time at The Tennessean newspaper, his investigative reporting and feature stories were honored in the state and nationally. Gonzalez grew up near Chicago and came to Nashville after three years reporting and editing at Virginia's smallest daily newspaper, The News Virginian.

Nashville peace sign aerial forest
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From the proper vantage point it materializes unmistakably: A gigantic peace sign, cut into roughly 3 acres of forest next to the Nashville International Airport.

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Nashvillians go to the polls again starting Friday, as early voting begins in the runoff race to choose a vice mayor to serve for the next year. Acting Vice Mayor Sheri Weiner and At-Large Councilman Jim Shulman are facing off for the second-highest-post in the city.

Courtesy of Lane Motor Museum

As it turns out, it’s easier to sink an amphibious car than to dredge one up from the bottom of a lake.

It took about four hours yesterday for a dive team to rescue the car-boat that sank into Percy Priest Lake in just 20 seconds on Saturday.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Hundreds — and potentially thousands — of dockless electric scooters could be back on Nashville streets before the end of the year.

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Lane Motor Musem

Life vests — not seatbelts.

That was the lesson over the weekend when an amphibious Hobbycar went from driving on land to boating across the water to sinking to the depths of Percy Priest Lake.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Nashville Mayor David Briley’s response to the shooting of Daniel Hambrick and Wednesday's release of videos that show him fleeing police drew criticisms from several groups, including those who are pushing for a ballot measure to create a community oversight board that would review such incidents.

Some Metro council members and community organizers are also questioning the leadership of the Metro Nashville Police Department.

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Davidson County District Attorney's Office

Nashville authorities released new surveillance video footage Wednesday that shows a fatal shooting by a city police officer on July 26.

The lawyer representing the victim's family, after seeing the videos for the first time, told WPLN that they want the officer to be fired. Meanwhile, Nashville's mayor is urging patience as the investigation unfolds.

WPLN / File

And then it was a Wednesday.

A marathon 7-hour meeting of the Metro Council forced members to flip their calendars from Tuesday night to the next morning, after more than 100 residents spoke during public hearings on an array of controversial subjects.

Here’s (some of) what happened, and how the council voted, on high-interest matters.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Let’s do it again. There was no decisive winner in the race for vice mayor of Nashville last night, so another runoff will follow.

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Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

It appears likely that Nashville voters will be asked to decide this fall on whether to extend the term limits for Metro Council members.

That's one of six proposed changes to the county charter that are now being reviewed.